End Citizens United is a political action committee that has made it their sole mission to remove dark money and special interests from the realm of American politics. The reasoning is simple. When dark money comes into Washington it goes on to subvert everything that American democracy stands for. Voters don’t get represented by their votes and instead corporations and billionaires get to sway legislators. The election of Donald Trump to the White House has galvanized the nation and it has given rise to a larger grassroots effort to improve upon the work that End Citizens United is doing. In short, people are furious that Trump bought his way to a Presidency and they want to make sure it never happens again.
In order for End Citizens United to be effective in their mission they are going to have to get rid of the problem created by the Citizens United decision back in 2010. Citizens United is a legislative right wing group that has fought tooth and nail over the past seven years in order to dismantle the very institutions that keep America’s faith in democracy in tact. Citizens United is led by lawyer James Bopp and his work with the FEC and the Supreme Court has been as destructive as it has been effective. Bopp successfully lobbied the Supreme Court in 2010 in order to get them to cut away regulations that kept corporations from flooding the United States government.
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Tiffany Muller is the President of End Citizens United and it has come to her to organize and fuel the efforts of the PAC in the age of President Trump. Fortunately, Muller has been successful thanks to a very real grassroots effort from Americans all around the country. Through the first three months of 2017 End Citizens United racked up an amazing $4 million in earnings from small time donors. End Citizens United has a capped donation limit so no single individual is fueling the funding efforts, thus making it a true campaign by and for the people. The average contribution to the PAC is just $12. There are no special interests here, just people who want to make a difference.
James Bopp’s work attacking the credibility of American democracy has been in full swing over the years and he doesn’t look intent on stopping any time soon. It was his work int he court room that helped to define corporations as ‘people’ and their donations to political parties as an extension of their ‘free speech’. If James Bopp continues to have his way the role of government is going to fundamentally change, for the detriment of the people who are tasked with voting on and relying upon that government to work for them.